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Why the Civil War Still Matters

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The American Civil War may well be the defining event in our nation’s history. Some have suggested that in many ways the bloody conflict that threatened to destroy the Union has never completely ended.

On October 25, 2012, The Andrus Center presented a stellar line-up of some of the nation’s most pre-eminent historians of the great conflict to reflect on “Why the Civil War Still Matters.”

“The occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is an appropriate time to assess many of the historical, political, constitutional and social issues that date all the way back to the 1860’s,” said Marc C. Johnson, President of The Andrus Center.

The one-day conference was open to the public and was be held on the Boise State University campus. The conference was supported by the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Council of History Education.